Guyanese confident of creditable performances
Guyana’s four-member team to compete at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, is confident of performing creditably.
Heading the list is Niall Roberts, who is also the most experienced swimmer on the team, having represented Guyana extensively at junior competitions regionally and internationally.
Henk Lowe, Fabian Binns and the lone female swimmer, Noelle Smith make up the rest of the team that will be coached by Nicholas Fraser Vice President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA), with responsibility for Technical Development.
Fraser will also be this country’s delegate to the Technical Congresses, while the Association’s Honorary Treasurer Colleen Profitt-Aaron will be the representative to the General Congress. The Guyana team is expected to leave on July 20 and return on August 4.
It has been confirmed that this edition of the FINA World Championships (July 17 August 2) will be highlighted by a record participation.
According to the last figures received, 2,556 athletes from 185 countries will be present at the Foro Italico venue (facilities for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming) and Ostia Beach (Open Water Swimming).
By disciplines, the numbers are the following: Swimming 1,470 athletes from 164 countries; Diving 200 athletes from 43 countries; Water Polo 416 athletes from 21 countries; Synchronised Swimming 269 athletes from 41 countries and Open Water Swimming 152 athletes from 39 countries.
The previous record of participation was established in the previous edition of these championships, in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia, where 2,158 athletes from 167 nations took part in the competition.